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Predictors of a healthy workplace for Swedish and English psychiatrists

  • Sarah Thomsen (a1), Janie Dallender (a2), Joaquim Soares (a3), Peter Nolan (a2) and Bengt Arnetz (a1)...



Few studies have attempted to analyse the organisational aspects of the workplace that may affect the well-being of psychiatrists and even fewer have offered insights into what a positive workplace might look like. This study provides an outline of such a workplace, with reference to individual and organisational factors. In addition, a comparison is made between two European cities to check for cultural differences.


Three hundred and eighty psychiatrists from Stockholm and Birmingham responded to a previously tested questionnaire on their work environment.


Predictors of a positive workplace for psychiatrists were: high self-esteem, satisfactory support with work-related problems, lower perceived workload, positive view of leadership, low work-related exhaustion and having a sense of participation in the organisation. There were few cultural differences.


Measures should be taken to improve leadership skills for managers, to offer more support for work-related problems, and to allow psychiatrists to participate more in the organisation.


Corresponding author

S. Thomsen, National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health, Box 230, S-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: 46 8 728 70 10; Fax: 46 8 33 43 96; e-mail:


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Predictors of a healthy workplace for Swedish and English psychiatrists

  • Sarah Thomsen (a1), Janie Dallender (a2), Joaquim Soares (a3), Peter Nolan (a2) and Bengt Arnetz (a1)...
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